Syracuse puts coach on leave after child abuse allegations

SYRACUSE - (AP) - Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor vowedFriday that the school will not turn a blind eye to child molestingallegations against a longtime assistant basketball coach thatresurfaced just two weeks after the Penn State scandal.

The school placed Fine on administrative leave Thursday night"in light of the new allegations" and an investigation by theSyracuse City Police.

ESPN said the accusations were made by two former ball boys.

Bobby Davis, now 39, told ESPN that Fine allegedly molested himbeginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until hewas around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN thealleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketballfacilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

Davis' stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, toldESPN that Fine molested him starting while he was in fifth or sixthgrade.

"We hold everyone in our community to high standards and wedon't tolerate illegal, abusive or unethical behavior - no matterwho you are," Cantor said in an email Friday morning to students,faculty and staff.

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